Grandma's Coffee Shop, Fong's Store, Kula Hospital and Beyond
Another couple of miles will bring you into the village of Keokea, dating back to the mid-1800s.
Grandma’s Coffee Shop is always popular, and if you see three of four black SUVs parked out front it means that Oprah has stopped in for a bite.
Fong’s Store has drinks and snacks. You’ll also find a gas station here, the first one since you left Hana.
Don’t miss the great views! You’ll see Kaho’olawe, Molokini and Lanai islands, the West Maui Mountains, Kihei, Wailea and Ma’alea at your feet, and the central valley of Maui with its 64,000 acres of agricultural land.
A short side trip up the hill will take you to Kula Hospital (see map).
The Kula Sanatorium, also known as Kula Hospital & Clinic, is a five-story structure situated on the lower slopes of Haleakala within the small community of Keokea. The Moderne style hospital was built in 1937 as a sanatorium intended for the treatment of tuberculosis patients.
The architecture of the building is really cool, and the views unparalleled for any hospital. If you have to be in the hospital, this is the place to be.
Another 1/4 mile down the road will take you to Keokea Park, with the first public bathrooms since you left Haleakala National Park.
Across the street from the park is St. John’s Episcopal Church, built in 1906. A cute place to visit. If you walk around back, there are great views of central Maui.
Another two miles up the highway you’ll see a turnoff for 377. Then, at the next turn, turn right, and it’ll take you up to Harold Rice Park where you’ll see magnificent bi-coastal views. You’ll be at an altitude of 3,000 ft. above sea level.
If you scroll around the map above, you’ll find a number of things to do.
And now, on to Pukalani!